symbol sketching.

symbol sketching.

I’m taking a class at Skillshare right now — an open skills teaching environment. The one I’m doing happens to be free, but most classes are just 20 bucks or so. Lots of design stuff, but also cooking, business and other sorts of classes as well.

Anyway, my class is called ‘Illustrate Your Day: An Intro to Symbol Design’ and the project we’re working on is a set of symbols that tells the story of your daily routine.

I was doing some concept sketches last night and… symbol design is pretty tricky! I’ll keep you updated as I progress.

character dev: Chef Tony

character dev: Chef Tony

When I went to school at Humber, we shared a building with a few culinary classrooms. The chefs-in-training had checkered pants as part of their uniform, so I guess there’s some reason for that?

Anyway, here’s teeny Chef Tony. He’s got his regulation checkered pants and everything!

I’ll be using him in a demo training course I’m making to show my abilities with e-learning authoring tools like Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline. More screenshots from that as I progress along.

sketchbook think-time.

sketchbook think-time.

I’m working on a quick project for a car dealership in Ottawa. They’re looking for a big checklist — and by big, I mean really big. Like, over 250 items big.

That’s pretty unmanageable when you’re talking standard print materials, so I’m sketching up some ideas about presenting it in some sort of clever infographic format instead.

I think I’m a fan of miniature pie charts. You can tell because I doodled them in colour, and, well, they’re pie charts. Everybody loves pie charts.

portfolio: in progress.

portfolio: in progress.

Hey all! I’m currently working on the layout and design of my new portfolio. It’s sort of hard to get a feel for that sort of thing on a computer screen alone, so here it is as a sort of print ‘mock-up’ — printed out on my aging printer and filed in page protectors. This way I can flip through and get a sense of how it will really look and feel once it’s complete.

The good part about the page protectors is that if you make a revision, you can just print out the new page and replace it right away.

I’m going to need to make a few of those revisions, and then it’s good to go. Should have it done early this coming week!

Also, a glass of wildflowers. Nothing like some dandy lions to cheer things up.